Romanian men's basketball team U-BT Cluj-Napoca grabbed a 84-81 away win against Ironi Ness Ziona. The match counted towards FIBA Europa Cup's Group J. The team from Cluj have thus added the second consecutive win to their record sheet, and are the runner-up team in the group, after Tsmoky Minsk. Also on Wednesday, the team from Belarus grabbed a 89-73 away win against Romanian opponents CSM CSU Oradea. In two weeks' time, Tsmoky Minsk take on Ironi Ness Ziona, while CSM CSU Oradea go against U-BT Cluj-Napoca.
In news from women's tennis, Monica Niculescu and her Japanese partner Misaki Doi this coming Friday will prove their mettle in the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Shenzhen, an event with 775 thousand dollars in prize money. In the quarterfinals, Niculescu and Doi grabbed a 7-5, 6-4, win against top-seeded pair made of Belgium's Elise Mertens and Arina Sabalenka of the Belarus. The Romanian -Japanese pair will fight for a place in the final against the all-Chinese third-seeded pair made of Yingying Duan and Saisai Zheng. The all-Czech pair made of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova has already secured their place in the finals.
Time now for news from women's handball. Romanian champion team CSM Ramnicu Valcea and vice-champion CSM Bucharest on Wednesday emerged as winners in their national League fixtures. In the 12th round, CSM Ramnicu Valcea secured a 29-24 away win against AHCM Slobozia, while CSM Bucharest defeated Rapid, 27-20. Gloria Bistriţa-Năsăud, the team representing Romania in the EHF Cup's group stage secured a 35-27 win against CSU Cluj. The other Romanian team playing in the EHF Cup's group stage, Măgura Cisnădie, sustained a 24-29 defeat by HC Zalau. CSM Ramnicu Valcea are at the top of the table, with 31 points, followed by CSM Bucharest, with 28 points.
In news from football, head-coach Mircea Rednic signed a contract with Politehnica Iasi. The contract is valid until the end of the ongoing football season and can be granted an extension for one more season. Rednic's set objective is securing a place among League One's top ten teams for Politehnica Iasi, according to a message posted on the club's official site. Rednic is in for Mihai Teja, who terminated his contract with Politehnica before Christmas. With Mircea Rednic at the helm, Poli Iasi will play a home game against Viitorul Constanta on February 3rd, in a fixture counting towards League One's 23rd round.